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The Genius of the Assassin’s Creed Layla Hassan Saga

Assassin Creed has been the crown jewel of Ubisoft, and it continues to be one of the bestselling games in the world.
Assassin Creed is a philosophical game of good versus evil and tells the story through the lens of a secret, sometimes even revisionist, history. The two forces in the Assassin’s creed world are the Templars and the Assassins. Since the onset of the series, there has been a very visible grey coating on what is good and what is evil.
One could easily be convinced that the Templars are evil, but that mostly comes from most of the games being from the Assassin’s point of view. Whereas, upon closer inspection, one could easily make an argument for both world views of Assassins and Templars.

The games incorporate ancient mythology, science, and fantastic world-building to create a uniquely exciting and fun game.

The latest releases in the game, starting from Assassin’s Creed Origins, set out to be both a prequel and sequel. What’s unique about the Assassin’s Creed games is the parallel storylines that take place. in each game, there is a modern-day storyline and a storyline that takes place in the past. Layla Hassan, for the latest three games, was our modern-day protagonist.

Assassin Creed Origins, Odyssey and Valhalla, have been a prequel with respect to the history of the Assassins and Templars while being sequels in the modern say storyline involving Layla.
Unisoft had decided to tell the prequel stories in the same vein that ancient mythologies are told, having the stories take place in ancient times and having the ancient world and beliefs be at the core of the prequel stories. Thereby showing the view that the fight between the modern-day templars and Assassins is an age-old fight that had been happening since the dawn of humanity.

The first game, Assassin Creed Origins, takes place in Ptolemaic Egypt. It shows the rise of the precursor to the Assassin’s Brother Hood, known as the hidden ones. The protagonist of the story, Bayek, goes on a revenge-ridden adventure to destroy the Order of Ancients for the personal harm they caused him and his country. This game shows the player the birth of the Assassin Order and marks a clear starting point for the Assassin’s Brotherhood, thus the title of the game, Origin.

But little did we know that this was just the beginning.
Then a year later came Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This game takes place in Ancient Greece, and we follow the life of spartan Kassandra as she goes on an odyssey to find her family and reunite in her homeland while also destroying the Cult of Kosmos. A much bigger game than Origins, with more adventure and more fun.
Because this game takes place before Origins, many fans did not really consider this game to be part of the Assassin’s Creed lore. A chief reason for that is that the main character did not wield a hidden blade, a staple of the Assassin’s Creed games. It was criticized for being lore-heavy and not really following the pattern of the Assassin’s Creed games before it.

However, whether those personal opinions are legitimate or not, the fact is that this game was crucial in setting up the lore of the Assassin Creed world. In this game, we see that the battle between the Assassins ideology of freedom, and the templar ideology of controlled chaos, is an ancient one with many incarnations, despite no outward connection between the Cult of Kosmos and the Order of the Ancients. It is clear as day that their ideology was the same, and thus they related in spirit, if not in an institution. This was made even more apparent in the Odyssey expansions. This was a critical game to set the lore of the duelling ideologies, as something that has had many forms, and the modern-day version of it, the fight between Assassin and Templar, is just the latest.

Finally, the third and seemingly final game in the Layla Hassam trilogy is the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Like both games before it, this game’s main protagonist, Eivor Wolf Kissed, is someone who is seeking vengeance for their fallen family. This game takes place in Britain’s early history, as the country was just settling in. It follows the adventure of a Viking settlement, as it gains power throughout its new home while also fighting against and with a new religious uprising in Christianity.

This is the game that brings the trilogy full circle. Where Origins was a game about the birth of the Modern Day Assassins, Valhalla is a game about the dawn of the modern-day Templars. Ironically enough, in this game Eivor, aids the Assassins in killing the Order of the Ancients in Britain, thus destroying the power and influence of the Order. However, in the end, the viewer finds out that this whole thing was perpetrated by a high-ranking but very religious member of the Ancients, who wanted the Order to be destroyed, so he could rebuild the Order using his own vision of what it should be. Thus it is safe to assume that the Templar order rose from the destruction of the Order of the Ancients.

In other words, the Assassins unknowingly created their own enemy. Very Shakespearean.

Overall, the Layla Hassan Trilogy did its job masterfully laying the groundwork for the origins of the Assassin’s Brotherhood and Templar Order and the conflict of philosophies that the two groups follow.

It reaffirms that this battle isn’t anything new and has been happening for all human existence.

Hopefully, future games in the series take advantage of this trilogy’s foundations.

What do you think?

Written by kevin

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